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    Default Victor's "Catapult Structure" - fact or fiction? Pros and cons?

    Anyone knowledgeable about this "catapult structure" technology? What is it? Is it just another marketing gimmick?

    Victor claims by using "catapult structure" in the 5 and 7 position and graphene in the 3 and 9 position it is able to increase smashing power by ~10%. Fact or fiction? What about those rackets which have "catapult structure" but no graphene?

    It's advertised for smashing, but does it also work for clears and drives?

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    Let me first state that am a Victor fan who will b awed by its latest technology feature everytime it hits the website. Currently using TK-9ooo as my goto.

    Having said that, when playing on the courts, we dont have time to think of these features n how they r going to help us play well. The big gist of the game still depends on urself n not the racket.

    Now, I would like to think that the catapult structure feature, in Victor Thruster-K series, has helped me in smashing better. But, truth b told, going to gym, running, courts training have given me more realistic benefits for my game. The racket, along with its design n tech features, only contributes 10-15% to my game. Hence, the rest of that percentage depends solely on the player.

    All in all, the Thruster-K series is indeed designed for smashing n it works beautifully. My TK-9ooo frame is fast, more than sufficient for drives n clears. Any racket will perform well in the right hands who r able to utilise it.

    All these imo n ime...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSSSNT View Post
    Anyone knowledgeable about this "catapult structure" technology? What is it? Is it just another marketing gimmick?

    Victor claims by using "catapult structure" in the 5 and 7 position and graphene in the 3 and 9 position it is able to increase smashing power by ~10%. Fact or fiction? What about those rackets which have "catapult structure" but no graphene?

    It's advertised for smashing, but does it also work for clears and drives?
    Apparently the "catapult" is a frame-shape modification at 4/8 o'clock that lets the frame bend more. I don't know about fact-or-fiction, but the TK series are the hardest hitting of al the Victors, IME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    Apparently the "catapult" is a frame-shape modification at 4/8 o'clock that lets the frame bend more. I don't know about fact-or-fiction, but the TK series are the hardest hitting of al the Victors, IME.
    That calls for a contest! SW35 vs TK9000!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendell View Post
    That calls for a contest! SW35 vs TK9000!
    If anybody can get hold of both rackets in the same weight, that's one I'd be very interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    If anybody can get hold of both rackets in the same weight, that's one I'd be very interested in.
    I would love to try but I need a digital scale and money to buy the TK first XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch1k0 View Post
    I would love to try but I need a digital scale and money to buy the TK first XD
    Shame I haven't still got my 4U SW35...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark A View Post
    Shame I haven't still got my 4U SW35...
    I quite like it in light 3U weight especially since I've gripped it the same way Ko does with towel when he used to use it back in 2010-2011. It's more than quick enough for level doubles IMO

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    Mine (SW35) in 3U is not that hard to wield actually. But there is so much bounce in that racket that it affects my net play.

    Still not set on which TK I am going to get between the 6000 and the 9000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendell View Post
    Mine (SW35) in 3U is not that hard to wield actually. But there is so much bounce in that racket that it affects my net play.

    Still not set on which TK I am going to get between the 6000 and the 9000.
    From experience. If you like the SW35 then I recommend the 9000

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    Imo and ime, i could feel the catapult structure in the frame. It gives a feeling of flexible at the T joint too.
    This design has given me stronger smashes and faster n accurate drives with its stiff shaft and aerodynamic frame.

    It is like a fusion of arcsaber 10 and armortec 900 power ^^
    Worth having a hit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ch1k0 View Post
    From experience. If you like the SW35 then I recommend the 9000
    The thing is, I prefer shorter handles (i.e. AT700 vs AT900)... But carbon nanotubes are imo worth the little extra in price. Choices choices...

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    Well, to get back on topic, If anyone sees a broken TK racket, could we see a dissection of it right here?

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    It might b quite some time before that happens. They r just too sturdy to break under normal usage. Better off buying one for ur own dissection...
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    I'm all for new technology but can't help but feel a little skeptical about the claims here.

    10% faster smashes is a big claim - if true, it would put the smashes of FHF's peers on par with his. Which I would find difficult to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    I'm all for new technology but can't help but feel a little skeptical about the claims here.

    10% faster smashes is a big claim - if true, it would put the smashes of FHF's peers on par with his. Which I would find difficult to believe.

    Take it with a pinch of salt...

    But feel good when playing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyC View Post
    It might b quite some time before that happens. They r just too sturdy to break under normal usage. Better off buying one for ur own dissection...
    ; p
    Clashes happen... we never know!

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